Sony Xperia Ion Review
Sony Xperia Ion was announced for the first time at MWC 2012 in Barcelona, Spain few months ago. It is the first android phone from the company that released without Sony-Ericsson brand. The Japanese side was decide to buy Ericsson’s share on the partnership and run the smartphone business on their own.
AT&T was soon become the one and only US carrier that show support for this handset. If you interested, direct sales starts today with $100 plus two years contract. If you’re looking for cheaper alternative than Galaxy S III or HTC One X, this is your best bet. For that amount of money, you are also able to take advantage from the carrier 4G LTE connection.
Sony Xperia Ion is currently running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but an Android 4.0 update is on it’s way this year. One of the most attractive feature from this device is the presence of 12.0 megapixels camera with Exmor R sensors on the back. You should be able to take lot of good pictures with it. If you interested to stream your multimedia content into a larger TV screen, you can use the available HDMI output. We couldn’t agree more that for $100, this handset is quite promising. But off course it will fall short if you compare it to other modern-day handset.
Sony Xperia Ion is coated with 0.46 inch chassis. There’s a transparent stripe right beneath the display. This part is currently house three android main buttons, home, menu, and back. You’ll also find Sony and AT&T logo in a chrome coated part on the front side. In terms of weight, the smartphone is currently measured at 4.9 ounces. Right on the left side, you should be able to find mini USB charging ports and HDMI output. On the opposite side, lies power button, volume rocker, and special camera button.
In terms of display, Sony Xperia Ion 4.6″ screen is able to provide maximum 1280 x 720 pixels resolution or called as “Reality Display” by the company. As we already mention earlier the 12.0 megapixels camera is the main attractive point from this device. You should be able to capture some beautiful scenery with it. On the opposite side, lies a front-facing 1.3 megapixels camera that able to record 720p HD video. When it comes to pixels density, Sony Xperia Ion’s screen is currently measured at 324 ppi or pixels per inch.
Sony Xperia Ion is currently powered by dual-core processors that clocked at 1.5Ghz. In order to guarantee for smooth system performance, Sony also implement a full gigabyte of RAM. You should be able to run any latest Android games without any problem. Interested in fast shoot mode? you can also do that with Xperia Ion.
One of the biggest disappointment from Xperia Ion is the fact that it’s still running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We know that it’s still considered as reliable OS, but for some of you who expect ICS from brand new handset, you will be disappointed with this one. You won’t be able to download Google Chrome for Android since it require your handset to run on Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony suggest that an Android 4.0 update for Xperia S will be available for download this year, but they refuse to come out with an exact release date until now.
Well, that’s all we can tell you right now guys. If you think that we miss something from our explanation, feel free to contact us via comment box below. We are also welcome any kind of suggestion and critics here.